Even more people were predicting he’ll lose time and blow up “as per usual” at some point after the stage win.I wrote on the 20th stage thread about being a very tough one and whoever gets dropped or faded halfway or 20k before the finish line could lose big time. MAL should have known better, given his experience & regardless the internal "politics" or conflicts or whatever, He should have stuck to Roglic at all costs.
Misjudgment in every way we want to look at MAL's situation
If I was a domestic riding for him (as a solo leader) for 3 weeks only for him to abandon the race 1 stage before the end because he fell from 3rd to 5th I would probably punched him in the face though...Maybe he's better being the sole GC guy (will he stay / will they keep him at Movi or will he perhaps wind up back at Astana)?
How? Explain please!Without team dynamics Lopez doesn’t lose it. We have seen this before with this team. They are obviously Spanish centric. Quintana and Carapaz got out. Now Lopez gets cranky.
I think Lopez has a recovery problem which also explains the 2020 TdF. Lopez feeling flat after getting himself in a podium position and put under big pressure to chase on a tricky stage. But Movistar are the common denominator. Without Movistar weirdness Lopez doesn’t lose it.
I don't agree. Without the other leader at Movistar he doesn't abandon. That is plain a simple. He bleeds 4-5 minutes with Bernal and that's it. Just as bad as the Tour 2020. He would be 5th right now riding for Astana. Or maybe higher because I am not sure how the dynamics of the team had played out in the first 2 weeks. Additionally, Astana does not ride with a sacrifice of a sole leader in mind. They are usually stage hunters. When he was in Astana I didn't see much sacrifice from the others until it was completely clear who was ahead and if there was a chance at the podium. Otherwise no sacrifices.If I was a domestic riding for him (as a solo leader) for 3 weeks only for him to abandon the race 1 stage before the end because he fell from 3rd to 5th I would probably punched him in the face though...
There are even some whispers out of Colombia that the team didn’t want López to possibly bounce ahead of Mas in Sunday’s final time trial, and conspired against him.
Unzué was having none of that and diplomatically said that it was up to López to shut down the move when the gap split.
“It was him who had to close this small gap, and unfortunately he could not,” Unzué said. “This is what caused the situation and the later consequences.”
Why would he abandon if he was riding for himself? he never did it?Why is it plain simple? We do not know for sure what happened and why López left the race. It's pure speculation.
I think it comes down to:
- MAL was upset he had to share leadership with Mas and felt like he should get solo leadership as Mas lead at Tour.
- The crashes depleting the teams resources even further shared between the two leaders.
- Mas finishing ahead of him when he was doing majority of the attacking, not Mas.
- Being left behind with no help from other teams and continuing his bad luck.
Honestly if you made all the jerseys the same, I don’t think anyone could tell they were riding for the same team. They both wanted their own glory.